Sunday, December 21, 2014

A Ruf September

Darin Ruf

A Ruf September

Darin Ruf hit two home runs against the Nationals during the Phillies´ 4-2 loss on Tuesday. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)
Darin Ruf hit two home runs against the Nationals during the Phillies' 4-2 loss on Tuesday. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

Darin Ruf ... meet Denny Sothern.

Those two are the only rookie September callups in Phillies history to hit three home runs in their initial stint with the Fightins.

In the list below we look at Ruf (shown above) and 15 other selected players who made their major league debut for the Phillies in September and how they fared in their first taste of the bigs.

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♦ Special mention goes out to Ron Jones, who made his major league debut on Aug. 26, 1988 and proceded to club eight home runs in 33 games down that stretch. He battled knee problems over his four seasons with the Phils and finished with 13 HRs in 97 games.

Willie Jones did something extremely impressive in his first major month. He had 69 plate appearances in September, 1947 ... and did not strike out, not even once.

Chase Utley, among many others, did not make their ML debut in September, and are therefore not included here.

 Name Year    AB     R    2B    HR    RBI    BB    SO    Avg.  Slg. 
 Denny
 Sothern
1926  14  53  13  10  10  .245  .434 
 Andy
 Seminick   
  1943    22  72    13  22  .181    .292 
 Granny
 Hamner
1944  21  77  19  .247  .260 
 Willie
 Jones
1947  18  62  14  10  .226  .258 
 Stan
 Lopata
1948  15  .133  .200 
 Dick
 Allen
1963  10  24  .292  .458 
 Greg
 Luzinski
1970  12  .167  .167 
 Mike
 Schmidt
1972  13  34  15  .206  .294 
 Bob
 Boone
1972  16  51  14  .275  .353 
 Rick
 Schu
1984  17  29  12  .276  .621 
 Mickey
 Morandini
1990  25  79  19  19  .241  .329 
 Bobby
 Estalella
1996  17  .353  .706 
 Marlon
 Anderson
1998  17  43  14  .326  .465 
 Jimmy
 Rollins
2000  14  53  17  .321  .377 
 Ryan
 Howard
2004  19  39  11  13  .282  .564 
 Darin
 Ruf
2012  11  31  11  10  .355  .774 
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